Andy Warhol

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on the left Andy Warhol, Self Portrait, 1978, Unique Piece and on the right Andy Warhol, Sidewalk FS II.304, 1983, Screenprint, Edition of 250
Left: Andy Warhol, Self Portrait, 1978, Unique Piece. Courtesy: Sims Reed Gallery, London. Right: Andy Warhol, Sidewalk FS II.304, 1983, Screenprint, Edition of 250. Courtesy: Gregg Shienbaum Fine Arts, Miami

 
Commanding consistently high prices across the board, Andy Warhol is one of the online art market’s most collected artists. Instantly recognizable and always iconic, the words “Andy Warhol art prints for sale” are enough to send collector’s hearts racing. Yet Warhol’s prices can massively vary, depending on the subject matter, the era in which they made and the edition number. We take a close look at the available offers online for Andy Warhol’s art work, through the prism of his astonishingly successful working life.

The 1950s—The Early Days
Before revolutionizing the art world with his images based on products in popular culture, Andy Warhol was a highly successful commercial illustrator in New York City. Making frequent use of the blotted line print technique, which literally involved pressing two papers together, he was able to re-imagine an image in a variety of ways. However, he longed to be taken seriously as a fine artist and relentlessly attended galleries, dance performances, museums and the opera to educate himself in all aspects of New York’s wealthy cultural life.

It wasn’t until 1956, after leaving America for the first time, and visiting Japan, India, Egypt and Italy that he felt he had it in him to escape the restrictive nature of the commercial world and began painting on canvas. His work from this period exemplifies his unique vision that was about to take the world by storm and have profound effect on the way America and the world viewed itself. Warhol’s Off to Town, 1956, priced at $14,300 (plus VAT) reveals Warhol’s love of the surreal, indeed, the artist always preferred fantasy to real life and believed that “Everybody needs a fantasy”. The story of the Hinges’ plea to the door to let them into town, is as bizarre as the wide open door pictured on the princess’ breast. The two works below reveal Warhol’s skill as a draughtsman, knowing exactly the right amount of information that was needed to make an illustration come to life.

On the left Andy Warhol, Fantasy Drawing, 1956, Ink drawing with watercolor and on the right Andy Warhol, Off to Town, 1956, Ink drawing with watercolor on paper, Unique piece
Left: Andy Warhol, Fantasy Drawing, 1956, Ink drawing with watercolor, Unique piece. Courtesy: Gilden’s Arts Gallery, London. Right: Andy Warhol, Off to Town, 1956, Ink drawing with watercolor on paper, Unique piece. Courtesy: Gilden’s Arts Gallery, London

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1960s—Taking the World by Storm
The 60s went by in a whirlwind of hedonism and creativity for Warhol and the works emanating from this period are highly sought-after, often forming the mainstays of the world’s major art collections. Anyone lucky enough to come across Andy Warhol art prints for sale dating from this period should snap it up, but just make sure you have the funds in the bank first—works from this time can be among his priciest.

It was not until 1962 that Warhol first exhibited the works that would sear his name into art history. His Campbell Soup Cans caused a sensation and were quite unlike anything seen before. Lined up one-by-one on shelves in an imitation of a shop display, the first entire set of 32 canvases were sold to the gallerist Irving Blum for $1000—Warhol was delighted with the price! This ability to fuse everyday, mass-manufactured images with mechanical reproduction, would become known as Pop art. 

It was around this time that Warhol turned to the photo-silkscreen print technique that was usually only used for commercial purposes. It not only became his signature medium but further linked his art work to those of advertisements. Oyster Stew was one of the more unusual flavors coming from the second portfolio of ten that included Chicken Dumpling and Crème of Clam Chowder. It is astonishing to think that at just $30,000 (plus VAT), it is still possible to own an actual piece of art history.

Andy Warhol, Oyster Stew, 1969, Color screenprint, Signed by the artist, Edition of 250
Andy Warhol, Oyster Stew, 1969, Color screenprint, Signed by the artist, Edition of 250. Courtesy: Brooke Alexander, New York

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1970s—Leader of the American Avant-garde
The 70s found Warhol exploiting his new status as head of the American avant-garde by turning his Factory into a highly-profitable business. His notoriety earned him huge fees for the series of celebrity portraits that included John Lennon, Michael Jackson and even the Shah of Iran. His famous portrait of Mao Zedong was created in 1973, and in his book The Philosophy of Andy Warhol, 1975, Warhol uttered his famous phrase: “Making money is art, and working is art and good business is the best art.”

Although beginning in the 60s, Warhol developed his Death and Disaster Series of works in the 1970s to explore his fascination with death but also how people can become neutralized by repetition. “When you see a gruesome picture over and over again”, stated Warhol, “it doesn’t really have an effect.” Electric Chair, 1971, is remarkable for its “visual sobriety”, death is alluded to through the stark absence of anything else. The screenprint’s bold use of yellow is in contrast to the more sombre earlier incarnations of the work, which were gray metallic.

Warhol always embraced a casual approach to image making, and the imperfections and smudges were more than tolerated but celebrated, "When you do something exactly wrong,” wrote Warhol in his book POPism, “you always turn up something.” In his screenprint Space Fruits (Cantaloupes 1), 1979 Warhol, now oozing with confidence, reimagines the centuries-old genre of still-life painting. Combining hand-drawn lines with photographic aspects, the abstracted fruit does not resemble anything remotely edible, in fact the heavily shadowed cantaloupes could pass for orbiting celestial bodies. In an edition of 150, the price of Andy Warhol’s Space Fruits is $21,000 (plus VAT), the work is prominently signed in the bottom right of the art print.

On the left Andy Warhol, Electric Chair, 1971, Color screenprint, Edition of 300 and on the right Andy Warhol, Space Fruits (Cantaloupes I), 1979 Screenprint, Edition of 150
Left: Andy Warhol, Electric Chair, 1971, Color screenprint, Edition of 300. Coutesy: Galerie Boisserée, Cologne. Right: Andy Warhol, Space Fruits (Cantaloupes I), 1979 Screenprint, Edition of 150. Courtesy: Gilden’s Arts Gallery, London

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The 1980s—His Final Years
In 1987 Warhol died of cardiac arrhythmia following a routine surgery on his gallbladder, but before his death he had begun to draw inspiration from Renaissance painters such as Sandro Botticelli. His friendship with Jean-Michel Basquiat and other prominent young painters from the New York scene had thrust him firmly back into the limelight with the editor of Art Forum, John Coplans, stating that Warhol’s “choice of imagery, forces us to squarely face the existential edge of our existence.”

Based on the artist Johann Tischbein’s painting of German polymath Goethe, reclining in a landscape of ruins, Warhol’s cropped image zeros in on the head and shoulders of this revered figure from German literature. Goethe had himself contemplated becoming a painter and was pioneering in his work on the psychological effects of color. Warhol had seen the famous portrait after visiting the Städel Museum in Frankfurt. Priced at $65,000 (plus VAT) and from an edition of 100, it is amusing to think what the famed poet of Weimar Classicism would have thought of being immortalized in the electrifying colors of the American pop artist.

Judy Garland also gets the Warhol treatment in 1985 after her famous advertisement for the Blackglama Fur company and their tagline “What becomes a Legend most?” It is fitting that Warhol took as his source an advertisement featuring a celebrity, subject matter he had previously been instrumental in bringing together sui generis. Judy Garland is an undoubted icon of Hollywood and America, and was once described by Fred Astraire as the “greatest entertainer who ever lived.” Priced at $45,000 (plus VAT) on the online art market, this Andy Warhol art print for sale is exceedingly rare because of its white background. The fact that it lies outside the edition of 190 with a black background, renders it wholly unique. It’s provenance is further bolstered by its authentication by The Andy Warhol Foundation.

On the left Andy Warhol, Goethe (F. & S. II.270), 1982 Screenprint, Edition of 100 + 22 AP and on the right Andy Warhol Blackglama TP White, 1985 Screenprint, Edition of 190
Left: Andy Warhol, Goethe (F. & S. II.270), 1982 Screenprint, Edition of 100 + 22 AP. Courtesy: Shapero Modern, London. Right: Andy Warhol Blackglama TP White, 1985 Screenprint, Edition of 190. Courtesy: Gregg Shienbaum Fine Art, Miami

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